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Thematic Workshop: Collective Behaviour

Thematic Workshop: Collective Behaviour

Collective behaviour arises when an individual unit’s action is influenced by ”others”. It is widespread over nature at different scales: flocks of birds, schools of fish, crowds and car traffic, stock market crashes, colonies of bacteria and self-propelled particles are some examples of this emergent property.

We are going to explore how diverse collectives approach this problem from different angles by sharing the work done in the fields of education, biology and social sciences.

Registration is free but mandatory to obtain the zoom link to the event. The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event. Details of the program in the flyer attached.

Scientific Program:

9:00 - Introduction
9:10 - Alfredo L'Homme: Pattern formation of phototactic microalgae under stressful light conditions
9:30 - Tony Spinnhirny: Student involvement in the field of pedagogic innovations
10:00 - [invited speaker] Bodo Hoenen: 3 stories that tie learning together + Q&A
11:00 - [invited speaker] Bastian Greshake Tzovaras: Personal Science: Moving from the n-of-1 to the n-of-many-1s + Q&A
12:00 - Kumail Ali: Impact of ageing on spatial learning and navigation in real environments
12:20 - Kowei Shih: How does STEAM education influence students in school?
12:40 - Mihaela Grigore: Exploring engagement of various public policy actors with metrics of quality of education by analysing social media discourse
13:00 - Wrap up

Additional Information about our Guest Speakers Presentation:

Bodo Hoenen

When his daughter suddenly became paralyzed, 10 years of his work and the collective intelligence of a group of strangers came together to help her move again. In this talk, hear how three seemingly separate stories weave together to showcase the opportunities that arise when we openly share, collaborate, and innovate.

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras

Many of us have questions: Does this type of food work for my diabetes? Why am I sleeping so badly? How do I learn? How’s the COVID-19 lockdown impacting my physical and mental health? The term “Personal Science” describes the practice of individuals using empirical methods to answer highly personal questions like these – and many more. The tools used for this are as diverse as the individual practitioners and their questions: From simple diaries and spreadsheets over wearable sensors to self-made DIY hardware. In their research process, personal scientists face a lot of challenges and barriers, both technical as well as conceptual. The Peer-Produced Research Lab is investigating those challenges are, what motivates personal scientists, and how they can support and learn from each other, with the potential to grow personal learning and expertise into more generalized knowledge.